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Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 2:26:37 PM | Revit Standards

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So out of curiousity what do other firms do when employees repeatedly choose not to follow the standards set by your company?  I have been in charge of our Revit standards for the past 2 years, I created our office standards and have been the front runner on implementing the software since we decided to switch about 3 years ago.  There are a few people in my office that are constantly trying to do things the way they are comfortable and by that I mean trying to make Revit AutoCAD.  I don't have the authority to fire or dicipline anyone so I am just curious how other companies handle this.


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Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:28:13 PM | Revit Standards

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I really feel your pain.

 

I am lucky.  Our management saw the advantages and fully bought into Revit.  You have to have that support as a minimum but obviously there are still problems. Really good CAD users have a problem with the transition.  They really don't want to give up their CAD "knowledge advantages".  This is especially true with older users.   You also have sloppy users that don't care.  And worse are the "just get it done" mandates.

 

So - how do you fight these issues?

 

  1. The CAD and older user.  Sometimes these users just can't adapt.  They will sabotage your efforts unintentionally and intentionally.   If you see intentional problems you have to go to management.  Otherwise, you have to be patient and demonstrate the better process.  If they can't adapt and your organization is really dedicated to the program, hopefully these users will see the writing on the wall and leave.
  2. The sloppy user.  This problem has to be shown to management.
  3. The mandate - JUST GET IT DONE..... We all face this and for awhile, this will be a problem.  You have to continually document the costs of this in time, mistakes, and trust.  And you have to demonstrate why good process works even with the get it done mandate.  Model correctly is a PRIME DIRECTIVE so all users can TRUST the model. 

We have found that Revit Lunch-n-learns really help.  In a nice way, we analyze problem documentation and demonstrate better processes   We constantly retrain weak areas and introduce new tools or not often used tools.  And of course, we try to listen.

 

Above all, I try always to be helpful and not judgmental.  (But I have good users who try and they ASK!)   I come running immediately and have an answer NOW.  Revit takes time to learn and you can't remember processes when you may only use them on occasion. 

 

 


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Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:30:06 PM | Revit Standards

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Thanks for the insight to your world WWHub.  I also answer questions as quickley as possible when they come up and am 100% non-judgemental.  My main problem is with the people who refuse to ask questions and you hit it right on the head with the sloppy and just-get-it-done users. 

 

The lunch-n-learns are a great idea, hopefully I can get management more aware of the problems.  Thanks a lot!


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